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Judge inspects Border Patrol facility as trial continues

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge said he would inspect a Tucson Border Patrol facility that migrants say is plagued by extreme overcrowding, freezing temperatures and unsafe conditions. The judge said he was going to inspect the main Tucson Sector facility after plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the conditions rested their case, leaving Wednesday afternoon open. The Tucson Sector comprises most of Arizona and includes eight stations where immigrants are held before they're deported or turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Border Patrol says the facilities are designed for short-term stays for adults.


Rep. Kirkpatrick of Arizona seeking treatment for alcoholism

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona says she's taking time off from her congressional duties to seek treatment for alcohol dependence following a “serious” fall. The Democrat said Wednesday that she's “finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past." Kirkpatrick says with physical therapy she can fully recover from her fall last week. Her spokeswoman says the congresswoman had multiple cracked ribs and spinal fractures and required staples in her head, estimating she'd be out for three weeks. Kirkpatrick represents a swing district in Tucson and southeastern Arizona that Republicans are targeting in the 2020 election.


Army says soldier killed in parachute training in Arizona

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Army says a soldier was killed in a routine freefall parachute training exercise in southern Arizona. A spokesman for the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said the soldier was training Tuesday near Eloy, Arizona. U.S Army Special Forces officials on Wednesday identified the soldier killed as 36-year-old Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman of Hope Mills, North Carolina. Freefalling is when soldiers jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes. Army officials say the death is under investigation.


Orphaned teen told he can't live in senior living community

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona couple says their senior living community won't allow their orphaned grandson to keep staying with them because of age limits. The 15-year-old moved in with his grandparents not long after his parents died in 2018. KNXV-TV reported Wednesday that the family received a letter last month from attorneys for the homeowners association saying the community's age restrictions must be followed. The minimum age to live there is 19. The couple have until June to either move or find another home for their grandson. The association says not enforcing the age requirement could lead to legal problems.


Sheriff: Driver killed in crash after attempted traffic stop

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County Sheriff's officials say a man is dead after a crash that occurred during a pursuit in the Tucson area. They say a vehicle didn't stop when deputies attempted to pull it over Tuesday night. Sheriff's officials announced Wednesday that the driver killed has been identified as 52-year-old Brian Hieb. They say the driver sideswiped another vehicle before crashing into a guardrail.


Judge to permit limited TV coverage of trial in child deaths

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Pima County Superior Court judge will allow video coverage of a man's murder trial in two child killings but with limitations. Judge Deborah Bernini said she'll allow the media to record Christopher Clements' trial in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales for later use online or over the air but not for live transmission. KGUN-TV reports that defense attorneys argued that cameras would impair Clements' chances for a fair trial, while prosecutors argued that cameras could violate the privacy of victim families. Attorneys for KGUN and another Tucson station argued to keep the trial scheduled for February 2021 open to cameras, with KGUN attorney Daniel Arellano saying video coverage helps the public monitor court proceedings.


US Postal officials offer reward for Arizona mail theft

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men in ski masks who stole mail from an Arizona post office and later from a postal worker at an intersection in suburban Phoenix. The agency that investigates crimes involving the U.S. mail system said Tuesday the men first stole mail Jan. 7 from the Daisy Mountain Post Office on 43rd Avenue north of Phoenix's city center. They stole more mail at an intersection Monday from a postal employee working in the western suburban community of Avondale.


Maricopa County won't prosecute dad in daughter's death

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has declined prosecution in the September death of a 3-year-old girl who was left unattended in a car for hours. Officials with the Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that the evidence in the case didn’t support a reasonable likelihood of conviction at trial. Gilbert police had announced in December there was probable cause established to arrest 37-year-old Scott Jones on suspicion of negligent homicide. Jones was accused of leaving his daughter Charlotte in a vehicle at his residence for two to three hours on Sept. 3. The girl was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.